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TravelPod Member ReviewsChancery Court Hotel, London
We really enjoyed our stay here. The rooms are very spacious for Europe (although we were upgraded to the club floor where the rooms are larger than regular floors) and appear to have been recently refurbished. The blackout curtains worked too well but were much appreciated given our jet lag. The bathroom was lovely with a good-sized shower, separate tub and two sinks. We were thrilled to have use of the club lounge, which saved money on breakfast and evening cocktails. The lounge also had several newspapers available each day. We did not make use of the hotel's spa, though it looks very nice. We likewise did not eat at Pearl but did have snacks and drinks in the bar off the lobby -- very friendly bartenders, great liquor selection and solid bar food.
The hotel is one block from the Holborn tube stop and is walking distance from many theaters, Covent Garden, the British Museum and the Trafalgar Square area.
Our only complaint was at checkout -- even though we had not taken anything from the minibar save one package of chips (for which we had filled out the card as instructed), we were charged over forty pounds. We were able to get this removed from the bill but later received a letter from the hotel attempting to charge us for two waters allegedly taken from the minibar -- we had, in fact, left extra water in the minibar. When we questioned the hotel, they admitted they have no real system for monitoring the minibar; just be careful here and be sure to review your bill at checkout.
All in all, we loved our stay here and would definitely return.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chancery Court Hotel, London
A perfect stay at a great rate
We stayed at the Renaissance Chancery Court for four nights last summer and loved it. The property is beautiful, the room was quite spacious and well appointed, the concierge was unbelievably helpful, and the location is convenient. You are just a block away from a tube stop on the Picadilly line (one of the newer trains) as well as a five-minute walk to the British Museum. There is a lovely, cozy bar in the hotel as well as a deluxe day spa. The best thing of all: the price! If you book off of the Marriott website and check AAA, senior, and government rates (if you're eligible) you'll see great deals. For example, my government rate was 114 pounds a night, including two full breakfasts. Right now, the AAA rate for summer is 120 pounds. Really amazing for a five-star hotel. I can't recommend this property highly enough.
Fantastic and Five-Star Fabulousness
Absolutely stunning! Wait until you see the grand entrance. Doormen in full tails and top hats open the doors. At nearly any hour, live piano music floats from the Lounge. Beautifully appointed rooms with fabulous comforters. Renaissance Chancery Court (RCC) houses fine restaurants (the breakfast and afternoon tea are superb) and a contemporary bar serves yummy, free snacks. From the front desk and wait staff to the concierges, we were treated with utmost respect. Location is most convenient, being just a block from Holborn Underground. Many nice cafes, pubs, and newsstands are just outside RCC s door. We were able to walk nearly everywhere. You can t go wrong by staying at RCC.
Classy hotel at a good price
My family stayed here at Christmas through New Year's Day 2003-2004.
The hotel is beautiful. Would rival the finest 5-star US hotel. This hotel is all new with a gorgeous historic exterior and grand marble staircase. Elegant, classy, immaculate with superior service. Rooms are larger (like US hotel rooms) than most European hotel rooms. Marble bathrooms with great lighting. Very comfortable beds with fine linen.
Maid service twice daily, including chocolate on the pillow and ice in the bucket. Heat/AC controls work well. Hotel is quiet and the neighborhood is not crazy busy. Starbucks and Pizza Express across the street and two delis and a supermarket within a three minute walk. Two minute walk to the Holborn Tube stop which is on two lines so very convenient for sightseeing. Ten minute walk to the British Museum.
Great English breakfast buffet: hot foods such as eggs, bacon, etc.
plus cereals, fruits, yogurt, juices, delicious breads, smoked fish, cheese, etc. All wonderful including the service, at both the lobby cafe and the formal restaurant. Hotel staff all very accommodating and friendly. Next time I'm in London I will definitely want to stay here again, and I'm very fussy!
I just got back yesterday from a 3-night stay at the Renaissiance Chancery Court Hotel. I was truly impressed with the hotel itself, the staff, and the location. I arrived at the hotel at 10am after an overnight flight from Raleigh, NC. I was a bit worried that I would have to leave my bags and wander around the city until I could check in later in the day. I had nothing to worry about as they gave me a very lovely room as soon as I arrived. The room was quite large and the shower had great water pressure. Located about a block away from the tube station, my fiance and I were able to get around London quite easily. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again in the future.
My wife and I stayed here last week to celebrate our 2nd anniversary.
Being a Marriott Platinum member I expect good service. The service here was amazing. I was greeted by the Guest Relations manager who showed us around the hotel and then checked us into the Tower Suite.
How amazing!! The room had three levels and a huge king bed. Marble everywhere in the bathroom. The club lounge was nice and the Spa is to die for! Service was good all around. I have stayed at more than 100 different Marriott properties around the world and this is in the top two! Amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone. Large rooms (not just the suites) and very close to the Holburn tube stop. Short 15 min walk to all major attractions.
As a Marriot rewards member I've stayed in over 50 Marriotts across the US (JW's etc...) and this is the best by far. I hestitated to book here with the "Renaisance" label, but don't be fooled, this is a true "service" hotel. From quality of the rooms to friendliness of the staff. The club room amenities are excellent (you have to try the desserts). Short walk to museums and theatre district. Can't recommend this place enough!
Best for business travel
I stay at the Renaissance 5-6 times/year on business. It's a very nice place to stay. Lots of little extras (Toblerone at the front desk) and an excellent staff. The club lounge has an awesome breakfast. Beautiful surroundings and extra quiet hallways and rooms. You're gonna love it at the Renaissance!
Truly the best hotel in London.
As far as London hotels go, this is absolutely top of the line, at a price even (many) tourists can afford. I've stayed at this hotel quite a few times in the past two, three years - I won't go anywhere else.
Where should I start? First of all, know that the hotel used to be an Edwardian insurance company, with the building being gutted and re-made into a hotel. This means that you are getting larger than average rooms, great spaces to roam in, and marble, mahogany, deep-plush carpets, and many amenities. Quite a few movies were filmed in or around this hotel, Mission Impossible and Wilde, to name a few. The marble staircase is a leftover from the insurance company, and is spectacular.
The hotel is conveniently located next to the Holborn Tube Stop (two minute walk) on the Central (Red) Line. This is close to St. Paul's Cathedral, The City (Financial District), and about a ten minute quick walk from Covent Garden/ SOHO/ Leiceter Square. From the outside, you see a white grand stone facade. To walk into the hotel, you pass through a covered archway, and into a lovely and quite large courtyard.
Standing there, you will know you're in England...
The big mahogany doors will be opened for you by liveried bellhops, and you enter an extremely large lobby, with an ever-so-elegant atmosphere.
The hotel is only a couple, three years old, and so everything is clean, new, and grand - definitely not worn at the edges.
Going up to your room, use one of the two elevators to either side of the lobby (minor issue - the lights in the elevators are a bit too hot if you're tall). The rooms are large and very comfortable, with a super comfy bed, synthetic (yet very warm) down comforter, synthetic down pillows, and a big (and clean) comforter. You do NOT have to worry about the cleanliness of the bed here...
Nicely-functional furniture that looks good, marble and mahogany baths (the suites with both a shower and bath), nice toilletries, and all very, very clean. There is room service twice a day, and everything comes out spotless. You know, I've never had a complaint here - and I'm super picky.
The concierge lounge has the best breakfast in London: three kinds of smoked salmon, bagels, fruit, ham, salami, cheese, cereals, coffee, tea, soft drinks, you name it. The lunch and dinner at this free concierge lounge are likewise spectacular. I would even pay extra to get this benefit (but you don't have to if you're a silver/gold/platinum Marriott Rewards member). If you luck into a suite, you'll just love this place even more (you have to do a bit of arm-twisting to get them to upgrade you - I'm not sure why that has to be the case).
The hotel seems perpetually half-empty, which for me is great, but may be disquieting for others who need a great hubub around them... I just like it to be quiet and serene - and it is. I think the guests are mostly Americans with a smattering of Britons. You will hardly find "other" Europeans here. There is a huge long restaurant on one end of the lobby, a large bar on the other end, and an upscale Asian restaurant on the premises. I've hardly ever used these, but it's nice that they're there. You will always get your wake-up call (I've even had them personally call up to make sure I've gotten up in the morning). You'll find a morning paper hanging in a specialty red bag on your door handle in the morning.
Inside the room are also plush bathrobes, slippers, irons, and an adequate TV. No mini-bar though - I wonder why? No matter, who wants to pay $10 for a drink anyway. The coffee/tea situation is great in the room too, with little orange cookies that are delicious. There's a safe to put your belongings - I always use that.
There aren't a bunch of restaurants around this area, but you can certainly find nice restaurants everywhere in this city, some only 10 minutes away. The British Museum is close, the beginning of Oxford Street is close, the Inns of Court are close, and there's even a Micky-D's for the kids just a minute away on High Holborn (I think I broke down once in the last two years and had something to eat there - and the food came with shockingly good service).
The service at this hotel is superb. Everyone is calm and collected, pleasant (sometimes even charming), clean, good-looking, and dressed well. They really know how to provide good service. The concierge guys are friendly and superb - going the extra mile every single time.
I can just go on and on - I just love this place! I've stayed here a lot - and this review is a "thank-you" for the wonderful experiences I've had.
On the many occasions I stayed at this hotel, I paid as much as 170GBP and as little as 95GBP for a room - it's all worth it as a comparable hotel/room will easily run you easily 250GBP. If you miss this gem and stay elsewhere, you will never get to have a favorite hotel in London!
The Renaissance is a fabulous hotel - one of the best I've stayed at in London and I've stayed at a lot. The rooms are large - much much larger than the normal room in London. If you aren't used to London rooms, let me tell you that regardless of price they are generally small. I've stayed in five star hotels where you would have a job falling out of bed the walls were so near the edge!!! Anyway, there's a lot of marble, mahogany, lovely fabrics and furniture. The bathroom was beautiful. Service was outstanding. Ask to be shown the historic staircase and one of the staff will take great pride in taking you to see an architectural marvel. The bar was predictably expensive as was the restaurant. But, there are loads of restaurants around the hotel and it is well placed for theatres. Would definitely return. Try to get a rate on Expedia.
Incredibly luxurious hotel near Kings tube station. Marble lobby, stairs, walls, bathrooms. This is a perfect example of an old building lovingly restored ( very recently)and put to a current use. Staff was phenomenal, the rooms are large, luxurious and very well equipped. Health club in the hotel, liveried doormen, a gourmet restaurant as well as a clubby bar. The hotel is immaculately maintained. The outside of the hotel is as beautiful as the inside, and by London standards not as expensive as it should be. MUCH nicer than the old hotels in Kensington and about half the price. Grocers nearby and close the British Museum, and the City.
Highly recommend this establishment!